Leighton subsidiary and mining contracting juggernaut Thiess has won a $135 million contract from Western Desert Resources.
The contract sees Thiess once again staking its claim as one of Australia’s mining operations specialists as it prepares to take over the Roper Bar iron ore mine in the Northern Territory.
The new mining contract hopes to create more NT jobs in the mining and resource industry. The Roper Bar iron ore mine is a with iron ore to be exported from the Bing Bong loading facility.
The Thiess contract will involve the construction of an open pit with an expected iron ore production capacity of some 1.5 million tonnes of iron ore per annum (Mtpa) of ore in the mine’s first year of operation with expectation of an increase to 3Mtpa after three years. The proposed additional infrastructure Thiess will be responsible for includes a 165km private haul road to transport iron ore to an existing loading area. Thiess will also be proactive in building on-site workers accommodation and iron ore processing facilities.
Initial exploration results indicate the ore body contains a higher grade ore and a lower grade ore that will undergo initial testing prior to export. The 9 year Mining Lease allows up to 24 mega tonnes (Mt) of iron ore to be produced over a nine year mine life-cycle.
Thiess on Monday said it had been working with Western Desert Resources for some time, providing on-the-ground mobilisation and project support since November 2013.
Thiess Managing Director Bruce Munro said he was delighted to be returning to mining in the region.
“Our offering to Western Desert Resources is based on our ability to provide both safe and efficient operations to our client,” he said.
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The Roper Bar iron ore project is a Western Desert Resources project and is about 600 kilometres southeast of Darwin and 50km from the Gulf of Carpentaria coast.
Western Desert Resources are a proactive iron ore mining company with various projects on the go in the Northern Territory. They are an Australian Stock Exchange listed company
Based in the Northern Territory, WDR operates the 100 per cent owned Roper Bar Iron Ore Project, with operations at the mine having been continuing over the last 5 years. Iron ore exports have already started with some 600,000 tonnes of iron ore ready to be loaded and shipped to Asian buyers.
Western Desert Resources aims to be the leading low-cost iron ore producer in Northern Australia whilst focusing on generating wealth and prosperity for the people of the Roper Region and other regions where they operate. In particular WDR sees long-term benefits for local communities within the project`s mining areas in locations such as Borroloola, Minyerri, Ngukurr and Numbulwar. Indigenous Australians will be offered training and employment and includes a partnership with Rusca Bros Mining, which has a well-established association with local indigenous communities.
Just as Fortescue Metals Group in the WA Pilbara have been implementing, WDR also sees Indigenous participation strategies and economic growth opportunities for those who wish to become a part of the WDR success story. Read more about the Western Desert Resources Roper Bar success story here (article in the Australian newspaper PDF)
There are many NT jobs to be had for people who are looking for work ‘up the top end’ of Australia. WDR have many active projects (see the list below). This is the first place to start when looking for NT jobs with this progressive and driven mining company.
- Chambers Bay Project
- Cloughs Dam Joint Venture
- Larrimah East
- Mountain Creek
- Musgraves Project
- Roper Bar
- Roper Bar Geothermal Project
- Rover Project Joint Venture
- Spring Hill Joint Venture
- Tanami East Project Joint Venture
- Tennant Creek Prospects
Contact Western Desert Resources
PO Box 36987, WINNELLIE NT 0821
Tel: (08) 8995 6900
inf (at) westerndesertresources.com.au
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